Did you know that the U. S. Constitution did not originally define who had the right to vote? It deferred that decision to each state. As you can imagine, this created much confusion. Many states only allowed Caucasian male property owners the franchise. Some allowed Caucasian males with taxable income to vote. New Jersey even allowed women to vote if they met the property requirement. In some places freed slaves and non-white Americans were allowed to vote, if they met the property requirement. Many states and local jurisdictions started requiring poll taxes be paid to vote and literacy tests passed. By the time of the Civil War, most white males were allowed to vote whether they owned property or not. By not clearly defining the right to vote, the framers of the Constitution created chaos. Many citizens were kept from voting because they were deemed to be "undesirable".
2018 looks to be a landmark year with the number of Democratic candidates declaring for the November 2018 midterm elections. It is also a year of unprecedented civic involvement in grassroots politics. The Women’s marches in 2017 and 2018 gathered millions of people across our country and the globe to protest Trump, but more importantly, to stand up for those not able to stand up for themselves.
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This latest election has been described as one of the most unusual or weirdest in history, but why? In this article, I will be looking at how the 45th president, Donald Trump, rose to the White House using certain strategies in the “Challenger Style” discussed in the 8th edition of Political Campaign Communication: Principles and Practices.
In their article, From Incivility to Outrage: Political Discourse in Blogs, Talk Radio, and Cable News, Sarah Sobieraj & Jeffrey M. Berry consider the current state of the study of incivility in politics to be incomplete. This is because most research on incivility in American politics focuses on other aspects besides outrage and incivility, per se. The authors provide a premise that, “there is remarkably little data on the extent to which political discourse is actually uncivil”. They hypothesize that political discourse is very uncivil, further asserting that this condition merits study to a more meaningful degree. Sobieraj and Berry believe that is critical to develop a deeper understanding of the depth and nature of political instability through study of uncivil political discourse. They argue that widespread proliferation and visibility of outrageous speech is new, that this increase in the importance of its role is explicit, and as a result, it behooves us to better understand it. We are pressed to better integrate understanding of the emotional appeal aspect of outrage tactics, a basis of argument which, if successful, may have social and political implications.